Devotion for Easter Week, 2013 - WHY DID JESUS FOLD THE NAPKIN?


Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?  I never noticed this....  The Gospel of John chapter 20 and verse 7, “And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.”  tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.  The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

Was that important?  Absolutely! 

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.  The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.  The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating.  The servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now, if the master was done eating, he would arise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up the napkin and toss it onto the table.   Seeing the wadded up napkin the servant would know to clear the table, because in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.

But if the master got up from the table, folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........

The folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!

He is Coming Back!


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